Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., April 28, 1995
A re-release of their 1993 cassette, Plugged features the same six quirky tunes that tipped the scales toward the power end of the power/pop spectrum. With new art work, Plugged may lack some of the vitality of their live shows, but it's a good invite into the Adult world. If you missed it the first time around, take this second chance because their proposed 7-inch is not out yet. - Doug Jenks
CRITTERS BUGGIN'Guest (Loose Groove/Epic)
Featuring three former New Bohemians and oddball Saxitar player Nalgas Sin Carne, Guest kicks off Pearl Jam guitarist and Critters' producer Stone Gossard's inexplicably funky Loosegroove vanity imprint. Like any instrumental outing, it all comes down to groove and musicianship. Undeniably, they've got both down. But ultimately, opinion on Guest comes down to deciding how necessary of a step bridging the gap between Moroccan mood music and P-Funk really is. I've found it pretty damn necessary. (Critters Buggin' play the White Rabbit Wednesday 3) - Andy Langer
FRACTITIANSDark Passages (Aarchan)
A sampler of Sixties psychedelia, Dark Passages is a CD of surprising quality, craft, and authenticity. Exotic Arabesque, taut classical Beatle motifs, bubblegum, transition beat poetry, three-quarter Quicksilver time, the grandiosity of the Moody Blues, even whiffs of First Edition - it's all here. Fractitians demonstrate what can happen when this music is given back its dignity. - Stephen McGuire
This five-songer from Dallas' Rubberbullet reveals a pretty well digested slab o' L7, with Beth Clardy barking it out like Jennifer Finch, and the twin guitars alternately tearing and snapping, then droning (mostly droning). Unfortunately, there no real songs to match the sound, save for the nasty "A Castle and a Crown."
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